Registration for the 2016 Run Rabbit Run has been open for over a week, and there are still about a hundred spots available. I’m a bit surprised, as I thought the race would surely sell out in the first day or two. Why? Well, Run Rabbit Run has a fairly uncommon trait — something special it shares with six other 100 mile runs.
One week into the new year, and my next big running event seems remarkably close. It’s still three more months before I attempt the Umstead 100 again, but it feels like it’s right around the corner.
This sense of urgency came up quickly, and last night my mind went into full-on race planning mode. Detailed questions about logistics and race day strategy kept popping into my head, demanding my immediate and undivided attention…
Why aren’t there more “Last One Standing” races? Are they too challenging, or just too weird?
0-for-2 in 100 milers this year… That’s ok!!
My fourth time at the Breck Crest marathon might not have been a charm, but it gave me a great opportunity to learn something new.
The number of people moving off the wait list and on to the entrants list for the Run Rabbit Run 100 has increased noticeably over the past month or so…
Getting high in Colorado.
How I decided to put together some disposable bottles for the SJS 50.
Let’s see if this goes any better than the Umstead 100.
I’ve been a little antsy following my recent DNF at the Umstead 100. So early last week, I tried to come up with a tune-up event that I could do before the San Jan Solstice. I considered the Collegiate Peaks Trail Run (25 miler), the Dirty Thirty 50k, and the Sage Burner 50k.
Upon further reflection, it appears that my planning for the Umstead 100 was not substantially different from what I’ve previously done for 50 mile races. I got a great lesson that that’s not the case.
In the few days following my DNF, I read a blog post that said something along the lines of “a 50 mile race is a lot more similar to a marathon than it is to a 100 mile race.”
I assumed it was going to be difficult.
I didn’t realize just HOW difficult.
Sometimes I run. Sometimes I jog. Sometimes I power hike. And sometimes I’m reduced to the death shuffle. I don’t know if that makes me a “runner” or not, but I don’t think the definition matters. Whenever I’m moving forward I’m happy.
This is a largely incomplete list. I did a fair amount of running in the pre-Internet era, but have no record of my times from races back then. I’ve done the Triple Bypass and the Copper Triangle, as well as a few bike races (including the Leadville 100 MTB and the Mount Evans ascent) in which I finished solidly near the very end of the field. I also did a couple adventure races in the late 1990’s, and DNF’d a few as well. (I really thought adventure racing would take off more than it did…)
- 5/2 – Quad Rock 50M (13:42:03)
- 12/8 – CMRA Cross Country State Championship 12K (55:59)
- 8/18 – CMRA Elk Meadow Trail Race 5.75M (46:56)
- 7/12 – Tahoe Rim Trail 50M (14:14:14)
- 6/30 – Rollinsville Rail Run 10M (1:21:13)
- 5/12 – Quad Rock 25M (5:09:32)
- 4/21 – Mt. Carbon Trail 1/2 Marathon (1:54:18)
- 3/24 – CMRA Spring Spree 10K (43:29)
- 1/7 – CMRA Lake Arbor 5K (20:59)
- 11/12 – CMRA Stone House (2x) Triple-Cross Trail 8.5M (1:06:58)
- 10/9 – CMRA Coal Creek XC Challenge 5.72M (43:01)
- 9/17 – CMRA Hildebrand Ranch 6.6M (50:14)
- 9/4 – Breck Crest Marathon (5:54:27)
- 8/10 – CMRA Fairmount 5K Trail (22:11)
- 7/16 – CMRA White Ranch Trail 10K (56:52)
- 6/18 – CMRA Sand Creek 5 Mile (39:17)
- 6/4 – Golden Gate Dirty Thirty 50k (8:03:47)
- 6/16 – Mt. Evans Ascent 14.5M (3:16:04)
- 4/29 – Boulder Distance Carnival 15K (1:20:11)
- 6/30 – Finger Lakes Fifties 50K (6:13:43)
- 10/26 – Marine Corps Marathon (4:56:13)
- 11/5 – ING New York City Marathon (3:57:37)
- 10/26 – Mountain Masochist Trail Run 50 mile (10:49:49)